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Boat Parts and Terms

Chris Riley by Chris Riley Updated on August 8, 2019. In

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Boat Parts and Terms

The front of the boat is
called the

The left side
of the boat is
called the

side

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The right side
of the boat
is called the

side

The back of the boat is
called the

Other Boating Words to Know:

Hull : The body of the boat not including the motor or sails or “extra stuff.”

Beam : The width of the boat from the port side to the starboard side at the widest point.

Directions on a Boat

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How to measure the length

You measure length overall from one end (stern or bow) of the hull to the other end along the center line of the hull.

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Why do you care?

That is how you determine what equipment
you must carry onboard when underway.

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